rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel {HGTV’s Holiday House blogger challenge}

Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel for HGTV Holiday Home | Created by Kim Byers of


I’m so thrilled to finally share that I was blessed with the opportunity to design a Christmas mantel for this year’s HGTV Holiday HouseI have to tell you, when I got the news, I was like a little kid. I mean HGTV. Yay! But then the Holiday House. Oh my! My knees went wiggly. {grin}


This was a blogger challenge sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (you may remember, I was JoAnn’s craft influencer earlier this year and made a few Creativity Made Simple videos with them) and HGTV. They asked myself and four other amazing bloggers to get crafty and create a Christmas mantel for a rustic home. We could do anything we wanted!


I had a million ideas, but the real challenge was that this was all in July. Yep. I took down my patriotic decorations for the weekend and recreated my idea of a winter wonderland in our living room. My kiddos were running around me in swimsuits and eating popsicles and I was listening to Christmas music. What?! No judging. I had to get in the spirit! {wink}


I created six easy DIY ideas for my mantel:
  1. JOY letters wrapped in icicle white wool,
  2. To The World ball, to complete the statement,
  3. kraft Christmas gift boxes embellished with pinecones and wool,
  4. burlap ruffle ribbon garland,
  5. cabin snow globe, and
  6. spoon trees. (Yes! You read that right.)

You can find all the easy how to steps on HGTV’s Made + Remade and you can shop all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

And if you’re not crafting Christmas right now, I’d love for you to hop over anyway. You can view all five designs and vote for your favorite between now and October 14. And if you feel like leaving a little comment love over there, I’d really appreciate that too! {Love you guys! You all are what keep me going each day!}


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